News & Highlights
NELIOTA commissioning phase completed
The NELIOTA project has completed its 2-month commissioning phase, which started in January 2017. The lunar observations are being used to validate the performance of the software and fine-tune the detection algorithm. The 22-month observational campaign will begin on March 21, 2017. An image of the non-illuminated side of the Moon obtained by NELIOTA on February 1, 2017 is shown.
NELIOTA passed ESA acceptance test
The NELIOTA project has passed the first acceptance test by ESA, demonstrating a successful integration of the NELIOTA software to the system. The next couple months will involve futher tests to evaluate the performance of the 1.2m Kryoneri telescope and prime focus instrument, as well as lunar monitoring observations to validate the performance of the software.
Kryoneri telescope upgrade completed
The second phase of the upgrade of the 1.2m Kryoneri telescope was completed by DFM Engineering, Inc. at the end of June, as scheduled. The prime focus instrument was installed and is operating well. First light images of the Moon were obtained using the new Andor Zyla fast-frame cameras on June 28, 2016. One of these images is shown here. Testing of the components is planned for the rest of the summer, along with the integration of the NELIOTA software.